Japan's Fukushima power plant leaks radioactive water

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Japan's Fukushima power plant reports that 100 metric tons of radioactive water dripped from a tank in one of the worst leaks at the nuclear plant since last summer

Japan's Fukushima power plant reports that 100 metric tons of radioactive water dripped from a tank in one of the worst leaks at the nuclear plant since last summer

ANKARA - Around 100 metric tons of highly contaminated water leaked out of a tank at Japan’s troubled Fukushima Daichii power plant, its operator said on Thursday.

Tokyo Electric Power Company’s (TEPCO) spokesperson, Masayuki Ono said a valve had accidentally been left open, causing the radioactive water to leak from the tank.

Ono said the contaminated water did not leak into the nearby Pacific Ocean.

"We are taking various measures, but we apologize for worrying the public with such a leak," Ono said.

A massive earthquake and a tsunami hit northeastern Japan in March 2011, causing meltdowns at three reactors at the Fukushima plant in one of the worst nuclear accidents since Chernobyl in 1986.

The leak is one of the worst since last summer when about 300 tons of radioactive water dripped from a tank.

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